Yesterday the New York Rangers acquired a much needed center iceman when they sent forwards Donald Brashear and Patrick Rissmiller to Atlanta for 5’10” veteran center Todd White.
Let’s look at White’s career stats:
White, who was plagued by injuries last year, had a career year for Atlanta in 2008-2009, when he recorded 73 points. Prior to that, White played for the Wild, where he got a chance to play a good deal with Rangers star forward Marian Gaborik, who the Rangers have had trouble matching with a centerman. For that reason, some think that White could turn into a major addition to the club.
Mostly, White wants to prove that last season was an aberration. White suffered through two knee dislocations and then tore his labrum late in the season as he compiled seven goals and 19 assists in 65 games. White said his knees are not an issue and he was cleared to skate about three weeks ago. However, he has not yet been cleared for contact, though he believes he will be good for contact drills by the time the Rangers open training camp on Sept. 17.
“(The rehab) is going well,” White said by telephone. “I saw the doctors three weeks ago and I was cleared to start skating. I’ve skated a couple of times, passing and shooting. I had the shoulder surgery as soon as the season was done, that’s part of not being allowed to take contact. (The start of training camp), that’s my goal, that was the plan all along in Atlanta, to be ready. I’ve been progressing really well. It’s just a matter of getting my strength, my range of motion is back.”
The Rangers have been actively trying to improve their offense, signing enigmatic Russian left wing Alexander Frolov last week.
White will become an unrestricted free agent after this season, when the Rangers are expected to have approximately $ 19 M in cap room.